GOD, FREEDOM, AND PRIVATE PROPERTY
By Jill Cohen Walker, J.D.
Most American citizens have no idea what real freedom is all about. They believe their rights derive from the government and that man-made laws bear no relationship to anything but themselves, their own desires, and/or the will of the people (or some ego-driven politicians who forgot they represent “we the people”). That’s far truer today than when the nation was founded. Benjamin Franklin, who was supposed to have been the least religious and god-fearing of those at the Constitutional Conventions, knew that without prayer, without faith, without doing things God’s way, the nation would be like all other empires that had come and gone. It would be built on sand and disappear as quickly as it appeared. Those present voted to pray and then they voted that our Congress would always pray . . . not to just any deity that man invented, but to the one true God . . . the living God of the Bible. The only objection was about finding the money to pay a chaplain. They found plenty of volunteers.
Not so today. It’s a given that we’re losing (have lost) almost all the freedoms that derive from our Judeo-Christian heritage and gained new ones that long ago cost some cities on the plains to be struck by fire and brimstone (and several empires to crash). Just as the corrupt judges that ruled over those cities gave the people all the carnal freedoms they desired, so our liberal judges today have rewritten history, twisted the meaning of our Constitution, misapplied what the Founders intended, usurped the power of the legislature (which is the real “we the people” branch of our government), and ruled that evil can have a heyday in this nation. Simply put, it’s the secularization of the American culture and legal system—whereby the state becomes all powerful—that have destroyed true godly freedoms and ushered in a host of ungodly ones. So here’s the glitch in what’s been happening. If it’s true (as the Declaration of Independence states) that our basic rights come from God and are therefore inalienable, those who steal, usurp, or twist them had best look out. God will not be mocked forever. Until then, it would be smart to realize that those who don’t believe in God, or believe Him, also don’t believe we have any inalienable rights. If there’s no God, or at least not the God of the Bible, then man can enact laws that fly in the face of the very God they claim is a myth. Remember, many of the folks enacting our laws, either in legislative bodies or through the courts, believe that God is the villain and the poor serpent was treated unjustly. Twisting goes a long way if you want to confuse “we the people” . . .
Take, for example, the recent Kelo v. City of New London decision by the Supreme Court. Five of the nine Supreme Court justices ruled that the city was within the “public use” clause of the Fifth Amendment in taking the land of several homeowners and giving it to developers to increase municipal tax revenues. Since when did our Founders ever believe that private property could be stolen from one man and given to another to build i.e., a shopping center? Pray for the developers who steal the land on which they build their petty projects because what they’re doing is not good . . . and definitely not from God. No digression here . . .
In ancient Israel, the king was prohibited from taking the land of anyone who was unwilling to sell. Read 1 Kings, Chapter 21. Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard, but Naboth was unwilling to trade or sell his inheritance. Ahab was powerless to act, for even this corrupt king knew that to force him to sell or simply taking the land would be a crime against God. But, like our Supreme Court, Ahab (with the aid of Jezebel’s scheming) wheedled his way into the plot of land he desired after conveniently silencing all opposition to the deal. It took the very word of God, spoken by the prophet Elijah, to make Ahab repent of the evil he and his wife had committed. Even in that, Elijah only found Ahab because he had sold himself to do evil.
Perhaps our Founding Fathers knew this and set up eminent domain to only come into play when it was the last resort. The nation was young and new roads, or a new bridge might be needed someday. Last week, however, the Supreme Court bowed to the global government crowd when it said that the accrual of municipal taxes and creating jobs in New London, CT was the domain of the court. Those folks weren’t singing “Our God is an Awesome God.” They were laughing themselves silly at how easy it was to rip off the homeowners. Let’s see if our elected officials really hear the outraged voices of “we the people” or whether they’re posturing for the next election cycle.
Well, have no fear no matter whichever way it goes down. It’s now almost a crime to tell those who run this country that they’re as answerable to God as we are. To do so makes them very angry. In fact, they seem rather convinced that God hasn’t stopped them yet so they can continue their downward spiral into the abyss of godless behaviors, activities, and lawlessness against American citizens. Somehow, they don’t believe they’ll ever answer to God the way Ahab did . . . so like good soldiers for evil, they follow orders and work diligently to take this nation into that miry pit with them. This gives rise to a host of questions about those rather specious claims that God is either dead or non-existent. Think about how much time they spend trying to remove Him from our midst. Since that’s impossible, they resort to defaming God, reinventing God, redefining His words, creating new gods, or claiming they’re above God. They believe it’s their duty to hack away at all the good and all the blessings that were imparted by God on this nation. Degrading Christians with nasty epithets has become sport, especially for the media.
There is, however, a strange paradox at work for those who by God’s standards are already condemned, hence under spiritual conviction. It’s almost folly that they’ve chosen to create an enemy from something or someone they say doesn’t exist, but in reality they’re at war with none other than the Ruler of the Universe. (Makes the war in Iraq seem rather puny, doesn’t it?) Perhaps they’re hoping that if they push hard enough God will finally reveal Himself (as if He hasn’t already); but even when He does, they refuse to believe that they’re not greater and more powerful than He is. It’s an old story that was tried in a small garden a long time ago . . . eat the fruit and be equal with God.
Unfortunately, their game is a two-edged sword of doublespeak and hypocrisy and “we the people” have been rather slow on the uptake. The truth is they don’t have to believe, they just have to stop us from believing. By stealing and/or redefining the source of our laws, by denying that our rights are inalienable, by turning God’s system on its head so that good is suddenly evil and evil is suddenly good by their standards, and by defining us in negative ways, they have deceived “we the people” while they spit in God’s face, destroy this nation, and imprison us in their secular system. Sadly, were we to rise up and were a new revolution to take place, we might do no better than the Tower of Babel folks did because, as Franklin said, without Him, we’d be re-building our house on sand.
There’s a time coming soon when God will turn the nations over to their long-desired secular, global government. Freedom will be gone, replaced by the worst bondage man could ever hope to endure, let alone survive. It’s only when this happens that humanity will have to decide whether God is dead or doesn’t exist . . . or whether He’s been there all along and is the true source of His kind of freedom. Happy Fourth of July and keep polishing those uniforms . . .
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Jill Cohen Walker earned a BA from Goddard College in 1977, a JD from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1980, and an MS in journalism at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1999. A freelance writer for fifteen years, she has written numerous articles for tech magazines and newspapers, and co-authored a book on hiring practices in the printing industry.
She taught Social Studies for one year in a northern middle school, and medical-legal and bio-medical courses in the Allied Health division of a local community college for four years. A student of legal history and the US Constitution, she began to study current events and Bible prophecies in March 1985. Her deep interest in and awareness of American politics started during the 2000 elections when she realized the prophetic time clock was ticking fast. She is the co-author of the novel "The Call to Prayer". (www.thecalltoprayer.net).
Franklin, who was supposed to have been the least religious and god-fearing
of those at the Constitutional Conventions, knew that without prayer,
without faith, without doing things God’s way, the nation would be like
all other empires that had come and gone.